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MPs discuss childhood obesity in Bexley

PUBLISHED: 12:26 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 08 March 2018

Bexley MPs joined the debate. Picture: Bexley Council

Bexley MPs joined the debate. Picture: Bexley Council

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A debate in Westminster Hall took place yesterday (March 6), on the issue of childhood obesity, with a focus on Bexley.

Statistically, Bexley performs worse in rates of obesity in children when examined against other comparable boroughs.

Bexleyheath and Crayford MP, David Evennett, spoke at the debate, and James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, raised the issue of ingredients used in many foods consumers buy.

In his speech, Mr Evennett raised the long-term health problems associated with obesity, including cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

He also highlighted the poor statistical figures in Bexley, and discussed the actions being taken locally.

Overweight or obese children are consuming up to an extra 500 calories a day, which is equivalent to an extra meal.

Public Health Minister, Steve Brine MP, spoke about the government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy, acknowledging the seriousness of the issue in Bexley and across the country.

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